Many Americans, young and old alike, struggle with spelling and use spell check on our computers and on our phones to ensure that we are spelling everything correctly. Meanwhile, there are some students who find spelling to be a passion.

Reynolds 8th grader, Naysa Modi, is one of those students. A finalist at the National Spelling Bee last year, Naysa began this year determined to return to Nationals and bring home the big prize. To get there, Naysa won her campus spelling bee and then moved on to the district bee which she won. She then headed to the Collin County Spelling Bee in February. After around 20 rounds of competition and spelling the word “extrapolation” for the judges, Naysa was awarded the Championship at the Collin County Spelling Bee.

When asked about her preparation for competition, Naysa said that her plans include “Studying! I mark words for review so that I can study them before a spelling bee. I also make sure to get plenty of sleep so that I’m alert on stage.” Naysa will move on the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May to compete for the National title representing Prosper ISD.